May 31, 2009

What happened in May 2009?

May 31, 2009
A child chosen by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of a deceased religious leader is all grown up and wants his life back. More on our blog.

May 31, 2009
(New York Times)
George Tiller (right), a Wichita, Kansas doctor who was one of the few doctors in the nation to perform late-term abortions was shot to death in church. The police have a suspect.

May 30, 2009
If Sonia Sotomayor make it to the Supreme Court, the court will have six Catholics, two Jews and one lonely Protestant. More on our blog.

May 28, 2009 (New York Times)
The date links to a video interview with the Dalai Lama. He is discussing autonomy for Tibetans within China.

May 23, 2009
Liberty University, founded by the late Rev Jerry Falwell, will no longer recognize the campus Democratic club because the party's platform goes against the school's moral principles. More on our blog.

May 22, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI has his own website and it's not bad. It needs to be fleshed out a bit, but that will happen in time. It has facebook, iphone, youtube and wikicath sections. Wikicath is an interactive message center. The web address is

May 22, 2009 (Chicago Tribune)
Chicago joins a growing number of cities with atheist ads on city buses. The campaign was started by an Indiana atheist group. The ad (below) is a bit more in your face than some of the other campaigns, but then again it is Chicago. Link to other campaigns.

May 22, 2009
The Spanish police say they have broken up a human trafficking ring that forced Nigerian women into prostitution by threatening them with voodoo curses. More about voodoo and witchcraft on our blog.

May 22, 2009

Finally a good news story. Religious strife in Nigeria between Christian and Muslims often explodes into violence. But now the leaders of both religions are working together to fight against the spread of malaria. link to story

May 21, 2009 (LA Times)
Rolf McPherson, the leader of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, dies. The church claims to have 8.4 million members in 144 countries. His mother, Aimee Semple McPherson founded the church. She was a charismatic evangelist known for "alter calls" when the sick and infirm surged forward to ask for healing.

May 20, 2009
Irish priests and nuns have been implicated in a massive sex and physical abuse scandal. Tens of thousands of Irish children were victimized over the years. More on our blog.

May 18, 2009
The Bush team is still providing this blog with fun facts. Apparently Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld's Iraq war briefs to the president came wrapped in a cover with biblical quotes. More on our blog.

May 18, 2009
Non Sequitur

May 15, 2009
(New York Times)
A 47-million year old primate fossil could be the common ancestor of monkeys, apes and humans.

May 11, 2009

Apple rejected an iphone application that allows a person to insert his or her face in the place of Jesus or other religious figures. What a bunch of fuddy-duddies! Read more on our blog.

May 6, 2009
Forget about it! No way, no how will you be seeing the sexy burqua in the Saudi Arabia beauty contest. Looks don't matter. The winner will be devoted to mom. More on our blog.

May 5, 2009
Father CutiƩ, known in the Hispanic community as Father Oprah because of the relationship advice he offers on Catholic radio, was photographed embracing a woman at a bar and at the beach. More on our blog.

May 4, 2009

Bibles in Afghan languages sent to a U.S. soldier at a base in Afghanistan were confiscated and destroyed to ensure that troops did not breach regulations which forbid proselytizing. Our blog has a video.

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